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Boys Hoops Looks To Build On Season-Opening Win With Pair This Week

Posted on: December 5, 2016

SETTING THE SCENE: Coming off a season-opening win over Sycamore last Friday night, the Milford High School boys basketball squad is back on the hardwood this week with a pair of contests, including the opening to Eastern Cincinnati Conference play. The week tips off with a tough non-conference trip to Princeton for the Eagles. Then, the rigors of ECC play begin on Friday night when Anderson visits MHS Gymnasium on Friday (Dec. 9). Tip off for both contests is set for 7:30 p.m.

 

A LOOK BACK: December 2 vs. Sycamore: Milford 53, Sycamore 44

THE SHORT STORY

Playing with a nearly entire new cast of characters, the Eagles opened the 2016-17 season with a 53-44 non-conference win over Sycamore. After a close first half that saw Milford lead by just two at halftime, the Eagles blistered the Aves by shooting 60 percent in the second half to pull away for the win. In addition to shooting 56 percent from the floor, the Eagles defense also got the job done by limiting Sycamore to just 28 percent shooting. The game was the opener in third annual Mercy Health Tipoff Classic.

 

RECORDS

Milford 1-0

Sycamore 0-1

 

KEY PLAYERS

Milford

Wes Reid 20 points, 8 rebounds

Matt Kirk 14 points, 5 rebounds

 

Sycamore

Jaden Sayles 14 points, 7 rebounds

 

NUGGET OF NOTE: Wes Reid had a huge game to tip-off his senior season as he earned game MVP honors by connecting on 7 of 8 shots, including a pair of three’s to finish with a career-high 20 points.

 

FINAL GAME STATS LINK

 

A LOOK AT THE OPPONENTS: A look at Milford’s schedule for the upcoming week:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 6 at Princeton, 7:30 p.m.
    • 2016-17 Record: 0-1, 0-0 GMC (9th Division I area coaches’ preseason poll)
    • Top Scorer: Junior Darweshi Hunter (16.0 ppg)
    • Last Meeting: 2009-10; Princeton 65, Milford 44
  • Friday, Dec. 9 vs. Anderson, 7:30 p.m.
    • 2016-17 Record: 0-0, 0-0 ECC (NR Division I area coaches’ preseason poll)
    • Top Returning Scorer: Senior Jake Newton (8.8 ppg)
    • Last Meeting: 2015-16; Milford 58, Anderson 52 & Anderson 63, Milford 49

 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: A look at Milford’s statistical leaders through 1 game:

Points per game: Wes Reid (20.0), Matt Kirk (14.0), Nathan Gallimore (8.0)

Assists per game: Nathan Gallimore (5.0), Three Tied (2.0)

Rebounds per game: Wes Reid (8.0), Matt Kirk (5.0), Nathan Gallimore (4.0)

Steals: Three Tied (1)

Blocks: Hunter Pollitt/Jacob Riesenberg (1)

Field goal percentage: Wes Reid (.875), Nathan Gallimore (.600), Three Tied (.500)

Three-point percentage: Wes Reid (.667), Two Tied (.333)

Free throw percentage: Nathan Gallimore/Wes Reid (1.000), Matt Kirk (.700)

 

INSIDE THE ECC: Withrow took the first big shot at shaking up the ECC with a conference-opening win over Walnut Hills last Saturday night in the only league match-up to date. The schedule of ECC conference games this week includes: Friday-Anderson at Milford, Turpin at Loveland, and Withrow at Kings.

 

POLL WATCH: For the second straight week, the Eagles are one of several teams receiving votes in the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Division I area coaches’ poll. The top of the poll remains the same with Moeller earning eight of the 11 first place votes that were cast. Teams in slots two through four (Oak Hills, LaSalle and Mason) each earned one top vote, with Lakota East rounding out the top-five. The ECC is well represented with Walnut Hills, Kings and Withrow holding the next three spots. The coaches’ poll is released every Monday at Noon at preps.cincinnati.com/coachespolls.

 

Milford Eagles Season/Career Highs

Jake Ayler

Points—Season: 3 vs. Sycamore; Career: 3 vs. Sycamore (2016-17)

Rebounds—Season: 3 vs. Sycamore; Career: 3 3 vs. Sycamore (2016-17)

Assists—Season: 2 vs. Sycamore; Career: 2 vs. Sycamore (2016-17)

 

Caleb Farrell

Points—Season: N/A; Career: N/A

Rebounds—Season: N/A; Career: N/A

Assists—Season: 2 vs. Sycamore; Career: 2 vs. Sycamore (2016-17)

 

Nathan Gallimore

Points—Season: 8 vs. Sycamore; Career: 8 vs. Sycamore (2016-17)

Rebounds—Season: 4 vs. Sycamore; Career: 4 vs. Sycamore (2016-17)

Assists—Season: 5 vs. Sycamore; Career: 5 vs. Sycamore (2016-17)

 

Jack Hannah

Points—Season: N/A; Career: N/A

Rebounds—Season: 1 vs. Sycamore; Career: 1 vs. Sycamore (2016-17)

Assists—Season: 1 vs. Sycamore; Career: 1 vs. Sycamore (2016-17)

 

Diomante Johnson

Points—Season: N/A; Career: N/A

Rebounds—Season: N/A; Career: N/A

Assists—Season: N/A; Career: N/A

 

Blake King

Points—Season: N/A; Career: N/A

Rebounds—Season: N/A; Career: N/A

Assists—Season: N/A; Career: N/A

 

Matt Kirk

Points—Season: 14 vs. Sycamore; Career: 15 at Kings (2015-16)

Rebounds—Season: 5 vs. Sycamore; Career: 6 twice (2015-16)

Assists—Season: N/A; Career: 2 twice (2015-16)

 

Kyle Minton

Points—Season: N/A; Career: N/A

Rebounds—Season: N/A; Career: N/A

Assists—Season: N/A; Career: N/A

 

Hunter Pollitt

Points—Season: 2 vs. Sycamore; Career: 2 vs. Sycamore (2016-17)

Rebounds—Season: 1 vs. Sycamore; Career: 1 vs. Sycamore (2016-17)

Assists—Season: N/A; Career: N/A

 

Wes Reid

Points—Season: 20 vs. Sycamore; Career: 20 vs. Sycamore (2016-17)

Rebounds—Season: 8 vs. Sycamore; Career: 8 vs. Sycamore (2016-17)

Assists—Season: 2 vs. Sycamore; Career: 3 three times (2015-16)

 

Jacob Riesenberg

Points—Season: 6 vs. Sycamore; Career: 6 vs. Sycamore (2016-17)

Rebounds—Season: 2 vs. Sycamore; Career: 2 vs. Sycamore (2016-17)

Assists—Season: N/A; Career: N/A

 

Aaron Salva

Points—Season: N/A; Career: N/A

Rebounds—Season: N/A; Career: N/A

Assists—Season: N/A; Career: N/A

 

Brady Sluder

Points—Season: N/A; Career: N/A

Rebounds—Season: N/A; Career: N/A

Assists—Season: N/A; Career: N/A